8. Gone Girl (October 3 US & UK)
Based on the hit novel by Gillian Flynn, Ben Affleck plays a husband who is struggling to find out what happened to his wife (played by Rosamund Pike) in the midst of a media frenzy. Gone Girl’s conclusion has been a point of contention amongst readers (I won’t spoil it except to say it’s ambivalently (un)satisfying and twisted in a way that’ll make you want to immediately slap someone), but Flynn plans to surprise everyone with a newly written ending to this suspenseful story.
Affleck (one of my first Hollywood crushes) has paid his dues for Gigli and Daredevil by proving himself a decent auteur and producer, so I’m excited to see him getting to star in movies that he’s not directing himself. Affleck will get to show that he’s capable of B+ emoting, throwing out the kind of broody glances and mysterious shiftiness that he would display if he were asked to play, say, some kind of superhero who is broody and mysterious.
Also, this is David Fincher’s first film in three years–he has an eye for the stylistically grim thriller, so I’m personally anticipating his vision on this rife-with-plot-twists story. –GW